Freescale opens R&D Centre of Excellence for automotive electronics in East Kilbride

October 06, 2011 // By Phil Ling
The formal opening of its newly established Research and Development Centre of Excellence (CoE) in East Kilbride, Scotland sees more than 170 highly skilled employees primarily involved in MCU development for the automotive market, while a significant part of the team is also expected to focus on the networking and industrial markets.

Freescale says it has invested during 2011 on major building works and developing key aspects of the East Kilbride site, including the design and build of a 5,000 sq. ft. New Product Introduction (NPI) test area. The NPI area accommodates capital equipment used during the product test development, evaluation, characterisation, reliability assessment and qualification of embedded microcontrollers used in the automotive market segment. NPI is seen as a critical step that ensures products are launched on schedule with the highest level of quality.  

“The East Kilbride team has been key to our success in establishing a strong and established legacy in the automotive market and the creation of the new CoE recognizes this valuable contribution,” said Alan Campbell, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Freescale. “Freescale’s world class portfolio of MCUs continues to be adopted by the leading vehicle OEM’s around the world, such as BMW, Mercedes, Audi, General Motors, Ford and Honda."

The East Kilbride teams have already played an instrumental role in the market launch of several automotive products, such as a single chip solution for high performance graphics dashboards, emission control and fuel efficiency products and several active safety applications such as airbag, chassis control and radar based driving assistance systems.  

Additional R&D activity is split between networking and Industrial focused teams. There is a close collaboration between the teams which is expected to result in high profile projects such as Connected Car and the Industrial Communication Platform.